A very popular contest at the Irish Fair of Minnesota is the Best Legs in a Kilt contest. Learn more (and enter if you qualify) about this fun event in this student blog excerpt.
The Irish Fair of Minnesota offers so many fun activities and shows to watch! They have entertainment for everyone. This is made possible by the many vendors that help sponsor and support this FREE fair!
One such vendor is the Highland Kilt Company! Although they sell products, they also sponsor the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. It is a contest hosted by the Irish Music & Dance Association for men of all ages. These men enter the competition for fun. They show off their legs and make the audience laugh. They attract many people to the fair and brings attention to Irish culture as well as Highland Kilt Company’s main product, kilts.
There are 6 different categories for the men to be judged in:
- Best Legs in a Kilt
- Best Distinguished Gentlemen Legs in a Kilt
- Best Youth Legs in a Kilt
- Best Chicken Legs in a Kilt
- Hairiest Legs in a Kilt
Other categories may be added if approved by the contest organizers. The category must be added prior to the entry deadline, which is Saturday, August 9th, 2014 this year. The prize for the winner in each category is a sash, the title and bragging rights. The compete:
- You must be male
- Wear a tartan or contemporary style kilt
- Your act must be family friendly, meaning no explicit or offensive material and no dangerous weapons
- NO late entries. So, sign up by Saturday, Aug. 9th,2014
- the decision is made by a panel of judges for each category
Find more information about the Rules here. This is a popular contest that everyone can have fun with! Its fun entertainment!
Shop Kilts at the Fair
The Highland Kilt Company goes to many different Irish fairs across the nation hosting the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. Their product, kilts and other accessories, are represented in a fun and attractive way in this contest. The Highland Kilt Company can be found selling kilts and accessories at the newly expanded Irish Fair of Minnesota Marketplace!
You can also find them at their website and on Facebook!
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The Irish Fair of Minnesota offers an amazing lineup of Irish and Celtic music. See the full music schedule here. Below is a blog post about the musical duo, Sister Tree, from one of my St. Catherine University students.
Looking for music with a Celtic and Irish feel? Sister Tree is a couple of wonderful gals who found each other through their musical journey and now produce their own original melodic sound. Both demonstrating their vocal abilities, Dee masters the mandolin and Kerri works the fiddle. These ladies are wonderful musicians for sure! You can find these ladies perform at numerous festivals and other events and even hire them for your own events.
Photo courtesy of Sister Tree
On Sister Tree’s website you can find lists of their upcoming events and also samples of their music. One of their samples is a song called Wild Mountain Time; a lovely song whose sound is strong yet calm. They have a familiar, yet unique sound in their music.
Performing at the Irish Fair of Minnesota
Like what you hear? If you are in the metro area the second weekend of August then you can catch them at the Irish Fair of Minnesota! On August 10th, Sister Tree will be having 3 performances throughout the day.
If you’d like to learn more check out Sister Tree’s Website or Facebook!
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Discover the amazing literary talent in Minneapolis/St. Paul with the Irish Fair of Minnesota‘s Literary Corner.
Enjoy the blog post from one of my St. Catherine University students about Carol Connolly, Saint Paul’s Poet Laureate.
With the Irish Fair of Minnesota on its way, it is time to explore all of the rich events and activities that are available to participate in. One of those would be the Literary Corner, here you can learn about the wonderful Minnesotan writers whom have roots in Irish culture. Take the time to enjoy their history, writings and presentations from writers of fiction, mystery, historical fictions, cultural history and fantasy. One of the writers that will be highlighted at this event will be Carol Connolly:
Carol Connolly, Saint Paul’s Poet Laureate, is the author of All This And More (Nodin Press, 2009).
Her first book, Payments Due: Onstage Offstage, Midwest Villages &Voices, now in its fifth printing, was first produced for the stage in
All This and More by Carol Connolly
Los Angeles and then in Minneapolis, running for two years in each locale. Carol curates a monthly series, Reading by Writers, now in its fourteenth year, to benefit Public Art Saint Paul. She is the recipient of the 2011 Kay Sexton Award, presented annually by the Minnesota Book Awards in recognition of longstanding dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity in Minnesota. Carol is a Saint Paul native, has seven children, eleven perfect grandchildren, and one perfect great-grandchild.
When you are attending the fair be sure to stop by and view the works of these writers, meet the authors and even get a book signed. The Irish fair
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At the Irish Fair of Minnesota, I love watching the dance schools perform. One of my students recently wrote about Rince na Chroi who’ve been teaching students for 11 years in St. Paul.
Are you interesting in dancing? Have you thought about learning Irish dance?
Rince Na Chroi School of Irish Dance
Rince na chroi accepts children age three and up. They offer year-round class and have hundreds of performances! As for adult, no worries, they do have adult class where adult can learn the Irish dance as well.
About Rince na Chroi
Rince na Chroi (pronounced Rink-a na cree), Gaelic for “dance of the heart” was found by Katie Stephens Spangler in February 2003. Rince na Chroi’s purpose is to provide a positive, fun learning atmosphere for all of their students. These dancers are friends, in and out of the classroom. They strive to instill a sense of belonging, school sprite and confidence in each and every Rince na Chroi student.
Contact Katie Stephens Spangler via email or call (651) 645-4292 if you are interested in Irish dance classes.
Learn more about Rince na Chroi on the web.
Don’t wait until the Irish Fair to learn how to Irish dance! Call now to register and in no time, you will learn how to Irish Dance
Excerpted from one of my fantastic’s student’s blogs: Clorblog.wordpress.com at St. Catherine University.
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Originally posted on clorblog:
Many vendors are to be at The Irish Fair of Minnesota. One in particular is the Patsy O’Brien.
About Patsy O’Brien
Patsy O’Brien is a Irish Guitar. Patsy has toured extensively with Eileen Ivers, Paddy, Keenan, Cathie Ryan, Teada and numerous other ensembles, as well as touring as a solo act performing from his solo recordings. Patsy also hosts guitar workshops around the US, with the emphasis on guitar playing in Traditional Irish music. These workshops have meet with great success and continue to grow. His song “Sacco and Vanzettti (Rise and Unite)” won Best Songwriting Award from the CT Folk Alliance in 2003.
Tuesday July 1, 9:00: Todd Menton
Wed July 2, 7:00: Pete McCauley
thy July 3, 5:00: Acoustic Happy Hour-Nikki & Rich Roux
Fri July 4, 6:00: Irish Music Session
Sat July 5, 9:00: Bedlam
See it in Person!
Want to see Patsy…
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I herd kids.
I have a Collie. In his mind, all the kids in my backyard must stay together. When one wanders off he barks to herd them back together. He’s a herding dog by nature.
While my kids are used to Laddie, the neighbor kids don’t always appreciate being treated like wandering sheep.
Every year the kids beg to take Laddie to the Irish Fair of Minnesota to see if he can herd sheep as well as the professional dogs.
Every year I say, “No.” quickly followed by “Let’s go to the Irish Fair of Minnesota and watch the professional dogs.”
A Fair Favorite
We plan our visit to the Irish Fair of Minnesota to make sure we catch a bit of sheep herding. Luckily the sheep perform a few times during the fair because it’s a popular event for many families.
Last year a few sheep escaped — it must have been a new dog — but I couldn’t figure out how they got past the crowd of kids and families surrounding Croagh Park. Of course, if I had a wee sheep running toward me, I might move out of the way pretty quickly, too. All six of the escape artists were quickly corralled with a little help from fairgoers.
Sheep Herding is an Art
With only a few commands from a shepherd, a well-trained dog can easily manage a herd of sheep.
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